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Germany 1-1 England: Harry Kane nets 50th goal for Three Lions as late penalty earns Nations League draw

The Three Lions emerged victorious when the sides met last summer at Euro 2020, but Germany have been unbeaten since then and made huge progress under Hansi Flick, with the hosts producing another impressive display in Munich .

An offside call deprived Hofmann of a first-half goal, but he got on the scoresheet shortly after the break to put his side ahead. England struggled to come up with an answer but it came within minutes of Nico Schlotterbeck knocking Kane down in the box and, after a VAR review, the penalty was awarded.

Kane continued his incredible record from the spot to elevate half a century for England and ensure Gareth Southgate’s side did not fall to back-to-back Nations League defeats. The Three Lions have just four games remaining before the start of the World Cup later this year.

Germany started fast in Munich, with Kai Havertz having an effort save after 60 seconds and Kyle Walker then producing a brilliant piece of defense to prevent Thomas Muller from having a tap-in minutes later.

Midway through the opening period, Hofmann had freedom from the England half and hid the ball past Jordan Pickford, only for the offside flag to quickly rise.

Harry Kane had a huge chance to break the deadlock as Manuel Neuer knocked over a corner on his feet, but the England captain blazed over the bar with an empty net waiting.

Bukayo Saka grew into the game in the first half, of which there were eight minutes, as he had a shot saved and saw another fly wide of the far post as the teams entered the break level.

Hofmann had the ball in the net again shortly after the restart, and this time the referees failed to come to England’s rescue. Joshua Kimmich played a fine first-time pass to his team-mate and although Hofmann fired it almost directly at Pickford, it hit the goalkeeper’s palm and flew into the net.

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There was a brief response from England immediately after the goal, as Mason Mount had a decent long shot saved before Raheem Sterling trailed an effort to the face of goal.

With 20 minutes remaining, Pickford managed to make up for his earlier error by making a superb save at his near post to stay on Muller’s well-beaten volley.

Jack Grealish was introduced and made an immediate impact, playing the ball in front of goal and Kane looked certain to score at the back post, but Neuer did a superb job of keeping it clear.

The English captain would have his chance, however. His penalty appeals were dismissed, but a VAR check eventually followed and the referee came back from the pitchside monitor to point for the spot.

Kane sent Neuer the wrong way to raise another landmark and come within three of Wayne Rooney’s record 53 England international goals.


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